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Part 1, 18 - 26 May 2012

"Now begins Phase Two"
18 May 2012
Training, Stadium Tourette, Tourette-sur-Loup, Southern France

Perfektionist Löw eröffnet Phase zwei - Jogi says that he has had no need to speak to the Bayern players, the whole focus for them being on the Champions League Final.

Day 1 - Arrival in Tourettes

19 May 2012

Blitz, Donner und ein Ei statt Bällen - After a thunderstorm puts paid to the morning training session,

Löw: "Der Konkurrenzkampf baut sich auf" - a report from Tourettes

20 May 2012

Jogi talks to


and ZDF

Löw: "Fußball ist manchmal brutal"
The morning after Bayern Munich's agonising penalty shoot-out loss to Chelsea in the Champions League Final, Jogi spoke of football as being a 'sometimes brutal' game, and spoke of his natural disappointment. However, despite the defeat, he congratulated Bayern on a terrific Champions League season. "'Die Münchner' have given us some great games, especially against Madrid. Against Chelsea they were the better team in the 120 minutes, and had the better opportunities."
"They reached the final and were the better team. There's no reason for them to doubt their own qualities," - from
Footage from Day 3

21 May 2012

"Wetter Schlecht, Training Gut" - Highlights of Day 4

Dauerregen: Jogis Jungs saufen ab - news from a wet Southern France

Spanischer Glanz soll die Trauer vertreiben - and Jogi welcomes the arrival of Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira following their post-season trip abroad with Real Madrid
22 May 2012

Löw gibt Trauma-Bayern frei
The Bayern Munich players will now arrive a day later than planned, and the squad will spend Sunday at the Monaco Grand Prix.

23 May 2012

Spritztour mit Schumacher und Rosberg für DFB-Team
The team are visited by stars from the world of Formula 1, drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, and Director of Mercedes motorsport Nobert Haug.
"We have worked very hard over the last few days and so it's nice when other great sportsmen come to visit," Löw said.
"We know each other well. Michael is one of the world's greatest sportsmen. On Sunday we are going to Monaco and we are all looking forward to it, I have the feeling more so than the game in Basel." from "We have worked very hard over the last few days and so it's nice when other great sportsmen come to visit," Loew said. "We know each other well. Michael is one of the world's greatest sportsmen. "On Sunday we are going to Monaco and we are all looking forward to it, I have the feeling more so than the game in Basel." from soccernews
Löw gibt Vollgas: Ausscheidungsrennen läuft
But for Jogi it is 'full throttle' towards his final team selection "All positions must in the main be filled twice" he was quoted as saying "And I have to ask myself which personnel solutions are best for the whole squad."

Day 6 and footage from Sportschau

An account of the visit from a Formula 1 blog

24 May 2012

At the midway point of their European Championships preparation, Joachim Löw was interviewed by the German Press Agency

Bundestrainer Löw zieht ein Zwischenfazit
In the interview, Jogi said training was going well with the squad working hard and well-focused. The arrival of the last third of the squad, the Bayern players, would be extremely important. He had been oh the phone to them over the past few days, and they are all happy to be joining the national team, with new goals in a new environment.
He spoke of being able to gain insights from Saturday's game against Switzerland - seeing what was working and what was not, and discussed the possible line-up for Saturday.

25 May 2012

It's raining again!

Press Conference, Tourettes

Löw upbeat over Klose fitness
"I had my concerns regarding Miro a few weeks ago but since I saw him back in training those worries have become smaller and smaller," Löw told a news conference in southern France where the Germans have set up their pre-tournament training camp.
"In just a short time Miro is again very dynamic and good. He has had a couple of days off with a back problem but he has trained again."
"Miro makes an extremely good impression but the next two weeks will be crucial for him as well. He will need to work. Now it is 60-70 minutes but we need him in top performance for 90 minutes. He must be able to complete the (training) programme," said Löw.
The coach, in his third tournament in charge, said Bayern players would need to catch up on tactical discussions after arriving more than 10 days after the rest of the squad.
"That the Bayern players come too late, we know it and what can you do?" said Löw. "Obviously it would have been great if they were here 10 days ago but that is the way it is now. "They arrive today, they join training on Monday. Tactics are in the foreground and Bayern have to work a bit to catch up. We have made a lot of analyses and they have to catch up."
Wo wird Lahm spielen?
Jogi said the decision as to whether captain Philipp Lahm should play at left or right back is still open "I'll talk to him again, and then we will see what is best for the team."
Löw schwört auf die Bayern
The eight Bayern Munich players have a key role to play in Germany's European Championship hopes, said Joachim Löw, describing them as top performers.
Löw will ohne Vorurteile in die Ukraine reisen
Turning to the human rights issue in the Ukraine, he said they had raised the players' awareness of conditions, and they could express themselves, if they wanted. However, he expressed a desire to travel to the Ukraine 'without prejudice' and greet his hosts with warmth and sincerity. "That we stand up for human rights, is already clear" he added.

A summary of all the points from Jogi also speaks of the work of Chief Scout Urs Siegenthaler in assessin upcoming opponents, and goal-keeping coach Andreas Köpke.

Live ticker from the press conference

26 May 2012

Switzerland 5 - 3 Germany

The first week in Tourettes ended with the first of two warm-up friendlies for Germany.

Visit my individual match page for reports, links and photographs on the defeat in Basel.

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